Rangeland Productivity and Exploitation in the Sahel

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Science  30 Sep 1983:
Vol. 221, Issue 4618, pp. 1341-1347
DOI: 10.1126/science.221.4618.1341


Results of a Malian-Dutch research project on the Sahelian pastures and their utilization suggest reasons why some efforts to develop traditional livestock farming in this area have been unsuccessful. Failure to appreciate the effects of low soil fertility as well as low rainfall on pasture production has resulted in underestimation of the productivity of the nomadic and seminomadic livestock farming system and overestimation of the possibilities for increasing production by better management and by modernization.